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  For the second time in Alex Smith’s career, he will be tasked with reviving a franchise. Smith will join the Kansas City Chiefs and new head coach Andy Reid in attempting to turn around a 2-14 team, which selected first overall in April’s NFL Draft. The Chiefs forgetful season was highlighted by the inept play at the quarterback position. Smith takes over for his predecessors, Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn, who combined for a total of eight touchdown passes in 2012. To put that in perspective, New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees eclipsed that mark in the second quarter of a week-four loss to the Green Bay Packers. In offensive categories, the Chiefs finished dead last in passing yards (2,713), points scored (211), and the before-mentioned passing touchdowns (8). Smith, traded from San Francisco to Kansas City in early May, will look to continue a revival in his career which started in 2011. Under the tutelage of Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Smith flourished up until Colin Kaepernick proceeded to supplant the then seventh-year quarterback. In 25 starts for Harbaugh, Smith threw for 30 touchdowns and was intercepted 10 times. This dramatic shift in Smith’s touchdown-to-interception ratio was quite remarkable considering he threw for 51 touchdowns and was intercepted 53 times prior to Harbaugh’s arrival. Smith threw for over 3,000 yards in 2011, the first time he accomplished that feat, and led the NFL in completion percentage (70.2 percent) up until he was benched in favor of Kaepernick in week 10. Considering the recent success in Smith’s career, the Chiefs’ acquired him as a bargain, giving up a 2013 second-round pick, as well as a conditional selection in 2014. To protect Smith, the Chiefs used their first-overall selection on Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher in the NFL Draft. But what Smith will the Chiefs get? The pre-Harbaugh Smith who led the 49ers to zero winning seasons, or the quarterback at the helm of a near Super Bowl appearance against the New York Giants. Current Chiefs’ offensive coordinator, Doug Pederson, will be the seventh person to instruct Smith in his career from that post. Pederson, who has spent the last four years with Reid in Philadelphia as an offensive quality control specialist and quarterbacks coach, will get his first job as an offensive coordinator in the NFL. Though not the offensive play caller with the Eagles, Pederson’s work can be judged in his most recent post, quarterbacks coach in 2011 and 2012. With the often-injured Michael Vick, Pederson was able to coach Vince Young, Mike Kafka, and Nick Foles to perform adequately in his place. In the past two years, the Eagles as a team  have passed for over 4,000 yards even with Vick on-and-off the field. Though the style in Smith and Vick’s play is drastic in comparison, some light can be shed by the numbers the Eagles were able to put up. But the biggest reason to support Smith’s continued revival and future success in Kansas City, is the presence of wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and running back Jamaal Charles. Bowe provides a target at the wide receiver position that even San Francisco was unable to deploy. In his six years in the NFL, Bowe has more 1,000 yard seasons (three) than the entire 49ers receiving corps from 2002-2012 (two). The luxury of a wide receiver of Bowe’s caliber, who signed a five-year deal in March of this year, is something Smith has never had in that position through his career. Instrumental to Smith’s success in San Francisco was the presence of a top-10 rushing offense. Smith inherits just that, as the Chiefs were ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing yards (2,395) and rushing attempts (500). Charles, who comes off the best season of his career and second All-Pro selection, will be the center of the Chiefs’ offense again. If successful, Smith’s revival will continue.
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